One-to-one buddy support

Our Buddy Support Service is available if you want to chat to someone who understands exactly what you’re going through.

After a blood cancer diagnosis, some people find it particularly helpful to talk to someone who has had a similar experience. They may have been diagnosed with the same condition, faced the same treatment options, and may have shared the same worries, concerns, happy times or sad times.

Our one-to-one buddy support service matches you with one of our trained volunteers for regular or one-off telephone calls or emails.

I discovered that Leukaemia Care offered a buddy scheme, so I reached out and requested a buddy. I needed reassurance that it was okay to keep my hair, keep my job and continue to live my life, but still be part of the Cancer Club and terrified about what that meant. 

Jo Cardnell, chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML)

Our buddies

Our Buddies are people just like you who have a personal experience of a blood cancer. They are not trained therapists or medical experts, but they do understand what you’re going through

Of course, your family and friends will want to help and support you in the best way that they can. But sometimes, just chatting to someone who has been there before can really help you to cope with your situation.

How our buddy service works

Once we’ve matched you with a Buddy, we’ll work with you to find a convenient time for your Buddy to make the first contact. Your Buddy may not be someone local to you, but you’ll be able to talk over the phone, or email them if you prefer. Hopefully, you’ll build a rapport with your Buddy and chat regularly about how you’re getting on. There are no rules – sometimes you may call them, other times, they’ll call to check how you’re doing.

All of our Buddies are vetted, trained volunteers and will do their best to support you the best way they can. We’ll be in touch from time-to-time to see how the relationship is working and make sure it is suitable for both of you.

If you would like more information, get in touch by completing our form below:

    What type of buddy support are you looking for?

    On submitting this form, you will automatically be enrolled in receiving our email communications about our services, campaigns, volunteer opportunities, and how to get involved.

    Alternatively, you can email our Buddy Co-ordinator at or call us on 01905 755 977.

    We are always looking for people to become one of our trained buddies and help support others. If you’d like to become a trained buddy, please email Zoe on or call us on 01905 755 977.